Play circa 1900

The boys would have been readily given the slabs by simply asking the mill owners, but it was more exciting to help ourselves – especially when two of the MOFFAT boys were members of the gang. It was the time of year when the sun goes down early, but there was so much left to do that everyone worked long after dark. Many hours were spent daily after school and a couple of Sundays before the project was completed. Even then, the building was so tiny only eight people could sit down at one time and only four of them could then put on their skates. The building protected us from cold and snow while putting on our skates, but all wished for some type of stove to provide heat.It was the two LATOUR boys Ezra and Nels who interpreted our longings and came to our rescue with a small round pot belly stove that burned both wood and coal. When the boys saw a stove at the YORK Wheelwright shop that they believed would satisfy the club, and were able to persuade Mr. YORK to give it to them for half price, even then it took them a few days to get the $2.50 together. While the money invested was greatly appreciated by the club members, it was the toil and effort the LATOUR boys expended getting the stove to the club house that proved the real gift…The stove was loaded on a small hand wagon, and covered with an old blanket to keep out curious eyes, then the long trek to the club house was started over the easiest and shortest route they could plan. Even this was difficult and slow for it was late afternoon before their destination was reached. From the shop, they went west on Main Street to the upper lane of the farm and across The Commons to the gate at the south west corner of the horse stable where they entered into the large field north of the barn. The field was very rough, causing the wagon to turn upside down twice -each time throwing the stove onto the ground.